We already knew that Devin Townsend was collaborating with The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato and ex-Emperor guitarist Ihsahn for his new solo album Deconstruction (one of two new albums under the Devin Townsend Project moniker). Townsend also teased in the past months about other big named collaborations. But now we can confirm who indeed will be making special guest appearances on the album.
Along with Puciato and Ihsahn, Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath), Tommy Rogers (Between The Buried And Me), Oderus Urungus (GWAR), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah), and Floor Jansen (After Forever, Revamp) will be making guest appearances on Deconstruction. These names may not be too huge of a shocker in that Townsend has worked or toured with a majority of them in some fashion. Nonetheless, this is awesome news and makes us even more excited for Townsend’s new music. Townsend had already promised that Deconstruction was going to be a heavy album (while Ghost, the second album, is reportedly his “prettiest, most mellow” record to date). Now, after seeing these names attached, it’s safe to say that we won’t be disappointed.
In case you need more to get you pumped up about this, RadioMetal.com has posted a detailed track-by-track review of Deconstruction. The review also gives you a sneak peak as to which songs each guest musician will be featured on. A North American release date for both albums (Deconstruction and Ghosts) is still unconfirmed, though both are set to be released on June 20 via InsideOut Music in Europe.
Between The Buried And Me is streaming their new EP The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues exclusively at Metal Sucks.
Sodom guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost has reportedly been rushed to the hospital for unknown symptoms. This turn of events has forced the German thrash legends to cancel their appearance at the Silesian Massacre Festival Vol. 2 this Saturday (April 2). Sodom’s booking agency has posted the following message on MySpace:
“A few minutes ago I received an upsetting phone call from Tom and Makka as Bernemann has been rushed to hospital. We do not know what exactly has happened as I write this e-mail, he is currently under medical observation in the emergency section to discover exactly what the problem is. We feel very sorry, but unfortunately and obviously because of the situation as it stands at the moment the band cannot travel to Katowice on Saturday. I know it is not the best time and it is short notice, but the situation as it is with Bernemann leaves the band no choice. I hope for your understanding and I regret that this situation has come about, the band were looking forward to playing at your festival. With our best regards, Fleisch (booking agency)”
Hopefully Kost will make a speedy recovery from whatever he is suffering from currently. We’ll keep you posted when more develops, while we wish Kost the best of luck.
MonstrO, an Atlanta four-piece consisting of Bloodsimple’s Kyle Sanders and Devan Davies, former Torche guitarist Juan Montoya and vocalist/guitarist Charlie Suarez, have signed to Vagrant Records. Considering the heritage of its members, the band doesn’t sound much like either band. On the demos we’ve heard (some of which are up on their MySpace page), there’s a bit of a Torche influence on songs like “Anchors Up,” but we get more of an early Soundgarden/Screaming Trees vibe from some songs, and there’s even a bit of Jeff Buckley in Suarez’ vocals. They definitely have their own sound, and it’ll be exiting to see what their debut album sounds like when it comes out in late Summer.
The band entered a studio in Atlanta earlier this week with producer (and Alice In Chains frontman) William DuVall. “We’ve been collectively writing and recording for two years now and thanks to Vagrant we’re finally recording our first proper full-length,” said Sanders in a statement. “We’ll be locked up for the next month recording and mixing with our good friend William DuVall at the helm. These songs have taken on a life of their own and we’re all extremely thrilled to lay them all down and begin the journey.” Who’s happiest about the signing? Probably TesseracT, now that there’s another band that uses the same dumb way of spelling their name.
Wormrot is offering fans the chance to download their new album Dirge for free over at Earache Records’ website.
Korn is currently streaming a snippet of new music via SoundCloud.
Congratulations to Within Temptation singer Sharon den Adel, who gave birth to a baby boy yesterday (March 30).
Looks like drummer Derek Kerswill has been keeping himself busy since parting ways with Unearth this past Fall. In addition to touring behind T A N G E N T S, he recently formed a new group with both of Shadows Fall’s guitarists called Dead Of Night. And now Kerswill has confirmed his Summer plans: touring with Kingdom Of Sorrow. Kerswill will be playing behind the kit for the sludge metal supergroup during their entire run on this year’s Mayhem Fest in addition to off dates with In Flames, Trivium, and Straight Line Stitch.
This actually marks somewhat of a reunion for the group founded by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and Crowbar mainman Kirk Windstein. Kerswill recorded drums for the band’s debut self-titled album, though did not appear on 2010’s Behind The Blackest Tears. His upcoming stint will also see Kerswill sharing the stage with Unearth. However, seeing that Unearth brought in Kerswill to play drums for a one off show in tribute to former bassist Chris “Rover” Rybicki last month, it’s safe to say that there’s no bad blood between the two.
Our friends at Metal Sucks have snagged Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski’s first interview since being diagnosed with leukemia.
The Brooklyn Projects, a skateboard shop in LA, has unveiled the “Reign In Blood” inspired Nike Dunk High sneaker. The a video promo of the new Nike Dunk High sneaker, which is supposed to be inspired by the cover artwork of Slayer’s Reign In Blood, can be seen below.
After taking a look at the sneaker, though, we couldn’t help but ask one question: how is this shoe “inspired” by Reign In Blood? Sure, the shoe features similar shades of colors to the album cover, but how does that make it a “Slayer” shoe? Call us picky, but if you’re going to attach a band’s name to a shoe, it ought to feature the band’s logo and kick ass artwork associated with that group. In other words, this is the true Slayer shoe! In fact, there are many better examples of band related shoes (the Mastodon one still is one of our favorites). So sorry Nike, but Vans still has you beat as the best metal sneaker provider.
But be the judge for yourself and check out the promo video below to take a look at the shoe. If you’re too impatient to watch the video, you can simply take a look at a still image of it below. The Reign In Blood Nike Dunk High sneaker reportedly comes out in June and is rumored to be limited to 666 pairs (clever, eh?).